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REMOVED RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS

Just like any other amusement/theme park, Hersheypark has seen a wide variety of rides and attractions come and go over the years. This list contains all of the park's defunct attractions.

ROLLER COASTERS:

Wild Cat (Opened 1923, Closed 1945): This wooden roller coaster opened with the name "The Joy Ride" but was later changed to "the Wild Cat". The coaster was located in and around the valley that now houses Storm Runner and Trailblazer and went through a tunnel in the area of the current Country Grill. It was owned by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC), and not Hersheypark. PTC had been given a 15 year lease on the land that the Wild Cat had resided, which was the only time in the history of the park that an independent vendor built a ride on park property. The ride was designed by Herb Schmeck, who would later design the park's classic Comet roller coaster, which still thrills riders today.

Twin Toboggans (Opened 1972, Closed 1977): Two identical Toboggan-style coasters, manufactured by Chance Rides, stood in the spot where the Mini Himalaya resides today. Riders would be seated in two-person cars, which were pulled to the top of the vertical lift inside the center shaft before spiraling down around the exterior of the shaft and plummeting down a small drop. Two of these rides still exist in Pennsylvania: Lakemont Park and Conneaut Lake Park. The ride was constructed as part of the transformation from Hershey Park to Hersheypark, along the perimeter of the Carrousel Circle area.

Little Comet (Opened 1960's, Closed 1978/79): Was a Carl Miller-built kiddie roller coaster which was named after the present Comet roller coaster at the park. The train had 5 rows with 2 seats per row.

Turbulence (Cancelled, never built): Was to have been the new attraction for the 2005 season, as well as the first installation of the Frequent Faller, designed by Interactive Rides of Logan, Utah. It would have been the park's eleventh roller coaster. Painted red, white and blue, it would have been the centerpiece of the redesigned Founder's Circle area, located in the spot of the former Giant Wheel ride.  In December of 2004, it was canceled, and the ride manufacturer was taken to court. Later, it was revealed that the company tried to raise the price from 2 million to 3 million, based on an increase in the cost of steel. The next year, Carousel Circle themed area opened as Founder's Circle, and two classic rides, Balloon Flite and Starship America (both were recently removed in 2003 and 2004) were refurbished, and placed where Turbulence would have been installed.


OTHER RIDES:

Chaos (Opened 1999, Closed 2005): A Chance Chaos operated in Midway America. It debuted, along with the Merry Derry Dip Fun Slides, the Wild Mouse, Music Express and the Frog Hopper as part of the "Hersheypark Fair". Since then, most of the fair theming has either been removed or blended into the rest of Midway America. The Coastline Plunge attraction was built on Chaos' former site.

GIANT Wheel (Opened 1973, Closed 2004): Built by Intamin AG of Switzerland, which has also built Storm Runner, Canyon River Rapids, the Kissing Tower, and the now defunct Sky Ride, this ride was located in the Carrousel Circle area. The GIANT Wheel resembled two giant arms joined at a central hub, with a grossly-oversized hand (with twelve "fingers") extending from the end of each arm. From the "fingertips" of the fingers dangled circular cabins, on to which up to eight people could be loaded at a time. One "arm" would rise approximately one hundred feet as the "hand" would spin in a clockwise motion on a wheel up to the 125-foot and down to the 75-foot level. The cabin could also be spun in the horizontal plane using a central steering wheel, similar to a "teacup" ride. After being up in the air for several minutes, and after the other "hand" (located at the other end of the 116-foot cross arm) was loaded, the first "hand" declined back to the ground while the other rose in the air. When shut down, the ride's "arms" would rest at equipoise, both "hands" dangling 40-to-50 feet off the ground. The Giant Wheel could also handle large crowds, and had a capacity of 2,000 persons per hour. The weight of the entire structure was over 135 tons, installed in a 25-feet square slab of concrete, 10 feet thick. Giant Food stores sponsored the ride from about 1995 until its final year of operation in 2004. Since then, Giant Food Stores is now the sponsor of the Skyview ride.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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